Date: 21st December 2022 at 11:16am
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be preparing his side for their Premier League return next week. 

The Gunners face West Ham United in a huge London derby on Boxing Day, with Arteta’s side hoping to maintain, or even extend, their lead at the top of the table.

Arsenal currently sit five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City, having started the season in sensational form.

The likes of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus have all started the season brilliantly for The Gunners, and Arteta will be hoping that they can continue their fine form when the top flight returns next week.

One other star who has been in fine form is Gabriel Martinelli, whose impressive performances earned him a place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup.

Now, the forward is reportedly in line for a lucrative new contract.

According to The Mail, the Brazilian will be rewarded with a new deal worth a staggering £200,000-per-week.

That figure would more than double Martinelli’s current salary, which is said to be £70,000-per-week.

Martinelli is in line for a huge pay increase

A number of clubs across Europe, including Spanish giants Barcelona, are said to be interested in the winger, who is currently contracted to The Gunners until the end of the 2023/24 season.

Arsenal are therefore hoping to persuade the player to commit his future to the club, and he is believed to be prepared to sign a new deal.

Martinelli, 21, joined the London outfit from Brazilian side Ituano back in 2019 and has since improved drastically, establishing himself as a regular in Arteta’s side.

So far this season, he has scored five goals and registered two assists in 14 Premier League games.

In total, the winger has scored 23 goals in 104 matches for The Gunners since making the switch from his homeland.

Talks over a new deal are believed to have been ongoing since October, and the proposed new deal would make Martinelli one of the club’s highest earners.

Martinelli could be used more centrally in the coming weeks, with Gabriel Jesus out for a while having sustained a knee injury at the World Cup.

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